Battle Royale Paperback – February 26, 2003
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“Battle Royale” starts off with 40-9th grade students who are captured by the government and are taken away to a secluded island. They are instructed to play a game, and are sent out into the island and have to hunt each other down until there is only one survivor left. The winner gets to live a rewarding life.
As a fan of horror/thriller books, this book surprisingly satisfied my interest in those genres. Violence is definitely what you get, and a lot of it. Some battles are grotesque and some are simple. It really brings to light what kind of personality changes can happen to someone when they are facing death when given options of survival.
At first I was intimidated by the size of this book. It’s a little over 600 pages and double the size of a standard paperback book. The author did a great job of not being overly descriptive in each scene keeping the story a fast paced read. To me, a good chunk of the story could have been shortened. Times when characters reminisce of the past prior to the game did not apply much to the story, and conversations between characters got a little too repetitive. Moments like that could be pace read through in a page or two and you didn’t feel stuck with nonsense rambling-on as senseless filler.
Starting the book was a little difficult. As an American, I had difficulties being able to instantly recognize characters by their names, not knowing which names were of male or female context. Sometimes characters are referred to by their last name through the story, and the chart in the first few pages made a great referral. The students drop so fast through the book, that you really don’t have to keep track of whos’ who through the whole story with the exception of a handful of characters.
A lot of the book is predictable. I got through 1/4th of the book and was able to foresee the ending. Even the actions/ideas/situations that some of the students carried out were obvious to happen. There weren’t very many twists to the book, but this did not deter me from continuing on reading. The adventure as a whole story kept me enthralled. Action, violence, humor, betrayal, conniving, compassion, strategy and intelligence are riddled throughout the whole book.
I absolutely would recommend this book to people who enjoy the horror/thriller genre. I am happy that I have another great book to add to my collection.
The quality of the book itself is great. Nice thick pages, great cover artwork, and a helpful map immediately o. The other side of the front cover (sometimes it's bothersome when you need to refer to maps all the time and you need to flip through pages to find them, this one is literally the front of the book).
The story itself is captivating. I can't focus very long myself, but I can easily imagine people reading this book one sitting. The first chapter introduces you to all the characters and then after that the story is set to "11"and doesnt let up. It's a greusome book, a story like a train wreck, something terrible and mind blowing you just have to watch, you can't look away.
Very happy with this book. I wish there was more from this author.
The book picks up and seldom goes down - if you're really into a very gritty and an unnecessarily gory high school showdown - immediately purchase this book.
I was very surprised by how detailed this book was. If you get queasy by thinking of these things, I do not recommend.
The characters were nice and fleshed out (albeit somewhat hard to manage due to the dozens of names...), the action was spot on, and the plot itself consistently stayed interesting.
The storyline is intriguing, like a car wreck. That timeless saying about watching a car wreck is a perfect metaphor for the children in this book. I didn't want to learn what these 15 year old students were capable of, but I could not stop reading. For the most part, the story lines were interesting and engaging - for the most part. Unfortunately, I did not especially appreciate the manner in which the background of each character was conveyed. The background of each character was told throughout the book, as each character became a more integral part of the story. As such, there were times when I was less interested in the past and more interested in the present. Of course, it would be nearly impossible to tell the motivations of 42 students all at once at the beginning of the story. That wouldn't be any better.
Additionally, I did have some slight difficulty differentiating the characters at the beginning of the story. Nevertheless, despite these minor faults, the drive behind the story and the main characters is what is most memorable about this book. I will never forget it, and I doubt any reader will either, given the chance.
I mean I would totally be cool with buying this book if they had told me that's what the condition it was going to be in would be. But the fact that they sell it as good condition when it's barely making the cut is kind of stupid.
Top international reviews
It is a modern day Lord of The Flies with older children, weapons and a 1984 'big brother mentality'. It is William Golding, George Orwell and Koushun Takami rolled into one. The Hunger Games is just a copy. This is the real thing.
The book follows one of these games, from the students being abducted through the three days of fighting (after which, if there is more than one student left standing, the collars attached to the surviving students explode!). The novel primarily follows Shuya and Noriko who team up with a shady Shogo hoping to overthrow the game, but the story also frequently delves into the affairs of the other students. It's a bloody book, lots of gore, but never glorified. The message of oppression hangs throughout the entire novel.
Brilliant read. The style of writing feels a bit basic at first, but you get to grips with it and get sucked in. Definitely worth experiencing and infinitely better than the film.
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If you enjoyed the movie then give this a go, you won't be disappointed!
It is a gripping, chilling yet entertaining work of Science Fiction and should not be missed.